LADY HAWKS PREDICTED TO FINISH NINTH; CLAYBROOKS EARNS MEAC PRESEASON HONORS
In his tenth season, UMES Women's Basketball Head Coach Fred Batchelor (pictured) will lead his team into the new season

In his tenth season, UMES Women's Basketball Head Coach Fred Batchelor (pictured) will lead his team into the new season

Nov. 4, 2013

NORFOLK, Va. – Today, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) revealed their 2013-14 women’s preseason poll and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) women’s basketball team was projected to finish ninth in the conference.

The Lady Hawks received 257 points, including one first-place vote. Hampton received the most points (658) and first-place votes (20); thus, claiming the top spot. Other notable poll finishes included North Carolina A&T receiving four first-place votes and projected to finish second (559). Coppin State also received one first-place vote and predicted to take third in the conference (457). Last season, UMES finished tenth in the conference and lost in the first round of the MEAC Tournament to Morgan State.

Below is the 2013-14 MEAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Predicted Order of Finish:

No. Team (First Place Votes) Points

1. Hampton (20) 658

2. North Carolina A&T (4) 559

3. Coppin State (1) 457

4. Florida A&M 429

5. Howard 318

6. Morgan State 314

7. South Carolina State 303

8. Bethune-Cookman 302

9. UMES (1) 257

10. Delaware State 254

11. Norfolk State 238

12. Savannah State 118

13. North Carolina Central 80

On the same day, the MEAC released the women’s preseason honors and Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, VA) was the lone Lady Hawk to receive honors as she earned MEAC Preseason Second Team. Last season, Claybrooks appeared in 28 games with 15 starts while averaging 7.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, and led the team in field goal percentage (47%). Claybrooks earned MEAC Rookie of the Week twice and earned a place on the All-MEAC Rookie Team along with teammate Alexis Udoji (Randolph, MA).

Other notable recognitions included Jasmine Grice (Florida A&M) and Alyssa Bennett (Hampton) sharing MEAC Preseason Player of the Year honors. Every institution in the conference, except Howard and North Carolina Central, had a minimum one player to receive All-MEAC Preseason recognition. Five schools, Florida A&M, Hampton, Coppin State, North Carolina A&T, and Bethune-Cookman, had multiple players earn honors.

Below are the 2013-14 Preseason MEAC Women’s Basketball Honorees:

First Team

Name Pos. Class School Hometown

Jasmine Grice G Grad. Florida A&M Quincy, FL

Nicole Hamilton G SR Hampton Hampton, VA

Kyra Coleman G/F SR Coppin St. Henrico, VA

Alyssa Bennett F SR Hampton Hampton, VA

Eboni Ross C SO North Carolina A&T Columbia, SC

Second Team

Name Pos. Class School Hometown

Kimberly Sparkman G SR Florida A&M Columbia, TN

Chasity Taylor G SR Bethune-Cookman DeSoto, TX

Tracy King G/F SR North Carolina A&T Alexandria, VA

Tierra Hawkins F JR Delaware St. Clinton, MD

Ashleigh Claybrooks C SO UMES Manassas, VA

Third Team

Name Pos. Class School Hometown

Tracey Carrington G JR Morgan St. Baltimore, MD

Terrenisha Hollis G SR Bethune-Cookman Birmingham, AL

Rachel Gordon F SR Norfolk St. Woodbridge, VA

Larrissa Carter F SR Coppin St. Atlanta, GA

Charmaine Greene C SR Savannah St. Savannah, GA

This Friday (11/8), the team will tip-off the new season at home against South Carolina-Upstate (USC Upstate). Tip-off is 6:00 p.m.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.